On Wednesday 12 November 2014, Axelle LeMaire, French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs awarded the ‘Métropole French Tech’ label to the city of Lyon. Lyon is now one of only 9 territories to have received the ‘French Tech’ label in France. Lyon was awarded this accolade in recognition of its renowned strengths: it is one of the largest digital entrepreneurial eco-systems with an ambitious development strategy, motivated actors, programs to support and enable the growth and visibility of start-ups, specific allocated workspace and infrastructures to encourage the development of these companies. Lyon represents:

• 7000 companies, including 300 of high-growth potential, employing 42,000 people
• 600 digital events per year
• 1 dedicated digital companies venue (ENE)
• 5 start-up accelerators,
• 8 incubators, 7 co-working spaces, 3 competitive clusters and 3 clusters firmly rooted in the digital arena, 2 fablabs and 1 living lab
• 600 university courses in digital studies throughout the region.

 

This label is the result of a collective effort within the digital ecosystem and its actors and it proves that in Lyon, everything is done to ensure that start-ups emerge and develop on an international scale helped by programmes, infrastructures and networking support. Numerous international alliances and relationships of trust have been developed with cities such as Boston, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Montreal, Canton, Amsterdam, Barcelona and San Francisco.

French Tech is a collective movement to mobilise the international growth and reach of French Digital start-ups. It’s main objective: to put France on the digital nations map by encouraging the emergence of world champions. In this context, the Ministry announced that French territories would be labelled French Tech along with an investment of 200 million euros to enable start-ups to develop abroad. 15 million euros has been spent of the marketing and promotion of French Tech abroad.